Season Of Hope

Allison Charney and Donna Weng Friedman with The March of the Women Ensemble

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Thursday, February 11th


7:00 pm to 8:00 pm EST

In Episode 6, series host, soprano Allison Charney will be joined by pianist Donna Weng Friedman who will discuss and perform works by Clara Schumann, Florence Price, Chopin, and living composer Beata Moon. In conjunction with HER/MUSIC;HER/STORY, co-founded by Weng Friedman and Charney, they will also pre-form Ethel Smyth‘s anthem of the Suffrage movement –  The March of the Women – in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment and the 55th anniversary of the signing in to law of The Voting Rights Act of 1965. For this special presentation, they will be joined by cellist Soo Bae, sopranos Yunah Lee and Indira Mahajan, and mezzo-sopranos Layna Chiankas, Krysty Swann, and Maria Zifchak.

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Musical Selections:

Donna Weng Friedman:

Prelude/Beata Moon

Waltz in C# minor, op. 64, no. 2/Chopin

Donna Weng Friedman with Allison Charney:

Er ist gekommen/Clara Schumann

Night/Florence Price

Donna Weng Friedman with cellist Soo Bae; sopranos Allison Charney, Yunah Lee, Indira Mahajan; mezzo-sopranos Layna Chianakas, Krysty Swann, Maria Zifchak:

The March of the Women/Ethel Smyth

Allison Charney and Craig Ketter

Zuiegnung/R. Strauss

In its pre-pandemic live incarnation – the innovative classical concert series PREFORMANCES with Allison Charney invited audiences to experience celebrated classical musicians in anticipation of their upcoming engagements on the world’s most prestigious stages. Now that live classical music has all but stopped, thus curtailing any upcoming engagements, acclaimed opera singer and series founder and host, Allison Charney, asks the existential question: If classical musicians are playing music but there’s no one there to hear it, have they really made music?
Her answer:  Not without an audience.

Enter PREFORMANCES: Season of Hope!

In these virtual episodes, Charney continues the PREFORMANCES mission of blurring the traditional barriers which exist between classical musicians and their audiences by providing an intimate and personal glimpse into top-level artists’ practices along with her signature “un-Google-able” insights – all with a focus on the series’ theme of hope. In addition, Allison and her guests will perform multiple musical selections on each episode. New episodes will air every other Tuesday night and be made available the following morning on the PREFORMANCES website, as well as in podcast form on iTunes and Spotify.

Throughout its previous eleven seasons, PREFORMANCES With Allison Charney has presented over 100 of the preeminent musicians of our time. Notable appearances include those by New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert, Metropolitan Opera stars William Burden and Maria Zifchak, “Queen of the Flute,” Carol Wincenc, violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins of Broadway’s “Fiddler on the Roof” fame, and concert pianists Joel Fan and Navah Perlman, just to name a few. In addition, the series has presented new classical works by composers such as Michael Ching, Moshe Knoll, Mary Ellen Childs, Russell Platt and Kim D. Sherman.

PREFORMANCES with Allison Charney embraces artists, audiences and music of all backgrounds, ethnicities, orientations and world-views. PREFORMANCES denounces racism and bigotry of any kind. We stand committed to equality, diversity, accessibility and combatting injustice.